Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Assigning Transitions to Slides
race car that drives onto the slide from the left and then immediately drives out of
sight to the right.
Rearrange the order in which objects appear on the slide. For example, you could
make numbered points appear from the bottom up for a top ten list.
Assigning Transitions to Slides
Transitions determine how you get from slide A to slide B. Back in the old slide projec-
tor days, there was only one transition: the old slide was pushed out, and the new slide
dropped into place. However, with a computerized presentation, you can choose from all
kinds of fun transitions, including wipes, blinds, fl y-ins, and much more. These transi-
tions are almost exactly like the animations, except that they apply to the whole slide (or
at least the background — the base part of the slide — if the slide’s objects are separately
The transition effect for a slide refers to how the slide enters and not how it exits. As a result, if you want to assign a
particular transition while moving from slide 1 to slide 2, you would assign the transition effect to slide 2.
The individual transitions are hard to describe in words; it is best if you just view them
on-screen to understand what each one does. You should try out several transitions before
making your fi nal selection.
Setting Transition Effects and Timings
The default transition effect is None. One slide replaces another with no special effect. If
you want something fl ashier than that, you must choose it from the Transitions tab.
As you are setting up the transition effect, you have a choice of allowing it to occur manu-
ally (that is, On Mouse Click) or automatically. Generally speaking, if there is a live person
controlling and presenting the show, transitions should be manual. With manual transi-
tions, the presenter must click the mouse to move to the next slide. This might sound like
a lot of work, but it helps the speaker to maintain control of the show. If someone in the
audience asks a question or wants to make a comment, the show does not continue on
blindly but pauses to accommodate the delay. However, if you are preparing a self-running
presentation, such as for a kiosk, automatic transitions are a virtual necessity.
Later you will learn how to set the timing between slides. Timings also are in effect when
you record narration, as described in Chapter 19, “Designing User-Interactive or Self-
Running Presentations.”
To assign a transition effect and control its timing, follow these steps:
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